Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit includes (1) an introduction to evidence based medicine; (2) randomised control trials (RCTs); (3) non-RCT studies (case control and cohort studies); (4) comparing RCTs with non-RCTs (observational studies); (5) systematic reviews; (6) biostatistics 1: types of data, distribution (normal versus skewed), measures of dispersion, P values and confidence intervals (reading material only); (7) biostatistics 2: analysis of continuous variables: t test, Wilcoxon rank-sum test or Wilcoxon–Mann–Whitney test, ANOVA (analysis of variance); analysis of categorical variables: chi squared test, odds ratio, relative risk (reading material only); (8) biostatistics 3: regression analysis: logistic, linear, univariate, multivariate, meta analysis using RevMan (practical demonstration); (9) how to read a paper; and (10) how to write a paper.

The unit aims to develop students' ability to design, conduct and critically appraise clinical research, and to present their research at scientific meetings/conferences and report it to a level suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals.

6 points
Not available in 2024OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) describe the hierarchy of evidence; (2) describe common study designs for clinical research; (3) understand commonly used methods for statistical analysis; (4) understand systematic review of the literature to answer clinical questions; (5) understand how to critique a research manuscript; and (6) understand the principles of effective communication (presentation and publication) of research.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a tutorial presentation; (2) a written assignment; and (3) a two-hour essay examination at the end of the semester. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.